George John in CCX Media

Major retail stores are closing across the country and right here in the northwest metro. That has some cities looking for new ways to draw customers to local malls and shops.

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes opened in 2003. Since that time, many stores have come and gone: Banana Republic, J Crew and Anthropologie all closed up shop in recent years.

"We're going  to have to make some accommodations or we're going to see a lot of vacant empty mall space," said Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson at a recent council meeting.

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